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Mugabe threatens repeat of 2008 disaster


President Robert Mugabe today threatened to ban humanitarian organizations from operating in Zimbabwe. Calling these nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) "a type of government in the background of a formal government," Mugabe questioned the "advisability of having NGOs" remain in the country.

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Sri Lankan Physicians Detained for Adhering to Medical Ethics


I was recently interviewed about three Sri Lankan physicians who treated civilians and disseminated information on the health crisis in the conflict zone. You can listen to the four-minute interview, above.

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Letter of Thanks from Binayak Sen, MD, in India


PHR received this letter of thanks from Binayak Sen and his wife Ilina following his release from detention.

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Update: Indian Physician Binayak Sen Released on Bail


The Indian Supreme Court yesterday granted bail to Binayak Sen, MD, a leading health and human rights advocate. Dr. Sen languished in jail for more than two years on bogus charges of supporting a Maoist insurgency in India.

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Update on 3 Detained Sri Lankan Physicians


Yesterday PHR reported on three Sri Lankan physicians whom government officials detained on 16 May 2009. PHR believes the government is trying to suppress facts of the humanitarian crisis, civilian casualties, and attacks on hospitals during the recent routing of Tamil separatist forces that these doctors reported to the outside world.

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